Monday, January 24

Scandal: MLS footballer was removed from the club for not wanting to be vaccinated against COVID-19

The forward was traded to the Columbus Crew for $ 200,000.

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The COVID-19 it has changed the way we begin to perceive the world. The arrival of the pandemic brought with it multiple changes to everyday life in every aspect of life. Sport has not been exempt from it, to the point that an American team decided to sell a footballer for not getting vaccinated. This was the case with Erik hurtado, player who was sold by the Montreal Impact, not wanting to be immunized.

In the MLS This surprising case was generated with the player born in Virginia, but also has Mexican nationality. According to information collected by the Week, the experienced forward was not comfortable with the subject of apply the doses. Faced with this situation, the Montreal Foot Club (Impact Montreal), decided to leave it.

“As he was not vaccinated against COVID, his situation was problematic, and we began to consider a transaction when we were certain that we could be back in Montreal (…) Erik confirmed that he was not comfortable with the vaccine, so we concluded this link, which we found very satisfactory“Said the sports director of the North American team.

The forward had arrived at the club five months ago. From Kansas SportingHurtado arrived in Montreal with the intention of strengthening his attack. However, the footballer did not have them all with him at the beginning of the campaign. During eight games this season, Erik only managed one assist.

The future after refusing the COVID-19 vaccine

The footballer’s decision led him to sign with the whole of Columbus Crew. The Ohio team decided to acquire the services of the 30-year-old forward. The transaction was only worth $ 200,000. Hurtado has had more than 130 league appearances.

“We are happy to welcome Erik to Columbus (…) He is a versatile forward, who has valuable experience in our League and gives us another attacking option. SJoining our team will ensure we have another proven MLS scorer to turn to when needed.”, He expressed Tim Bezbatchenko, president and CEO of Columbus.

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